Marcel lives and works as a freelancer in Bratislava since 1998. Studied at The Academy of Fine Arts and Design (AFAD) in Bratislava. Finished his Master’s degree in 2004 and PhD studies in 2007. Works as pedagogue at Department of Visual Communication at the AFAD since 2007. Organizes the international graphic design conference KUPÉ. Active also as co-editor of the central European annual magazine G4, and as an organizer of workshops and events. Key projects: comprehensive visual identity of Stanica cultural centre (2002-2007), National pavilion of Slovak and Czech republic at The Architecture Biennial in Venice (with zerozero studio Prešov, SK) (2008) and various book design projects of diverse content and size. Marcel focuses on working on project related to architecture, public and social influence. www.marcelbencik.eu
Project Visible data_financing culture brings up together topics on visual communication, design, technology, new media and culture politics. By using efficient tools of information design and visualization language it makes budget for culture structures more visible.
Visible Data 1/ 2010
Visible Data 2/2012
Visible Data 3/2012
What is Visible Data?
Marco is currently studying Master’s degree in Graphic Communications at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad and is a freelancer in the field of graphic design and culture. He is one of the co-founders of Student Union at the Academy of Arts and, since 2009, the President of the Student Parliament, where he became the initiator of resolving crucial student issues. He is also a member of the Student Parliament at the University of Novi Sad and Serbia University Student Conference. Besides being a student activist, Marko participated in many exhibitions, projects and student workshops and became an active member of the OPEN DESIGN STUDIO, non-governmental organisation. His activities and interests are to develop and spread idea of an open understanding of visual communication and being in international design network.
Slovak designer, currently finishing her studies of Visual Comunication at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design (AFAD) in Bratislava. She passed fellowships - Design at Accademia di Belle Arti in Milano and Industrial Design at AFAD. She is one of the co-founders of project Design on the Wheels, for what she was awarded in 2009 by National Price for Design. She is working as freelancer in the field of design and culture. She is interested in projects on the edge of product and graphic design, projects related to architecture, public space and urban culture. She organised or attended number of workshops and projects related to this topic (Complexity Maps - Torino World Design Capital, Living Underground, Openeon, Molo, BAKE ...). She is a member of Open Design Studio. www.alicahorvathova.blogspot.com
Ondrej earned Master’s degree in Graphic Design at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design (AFAD) in Bratislava, studied also at Designskolen Kolding and Denmark and KABK in The Hague, The Netherlands. Currently he lives and works in Bratislava as a freelance graphic and type designer, prefers culture-oriented and experimental projects, with an emphasis on typography, lettering and photography. His works have been published in various publications in Europe and the USA. www.urtd.net
Vladan is media activist, cultural worker, teacher, sailor, consultant, game designer and game “deconstructor”, producer of online platforms, east European underpaid worker, artist, DIY enthusiast, designer, 8-bit fanatic, electro-pioneer, and father of a child named Adam, born in Novi Sad. He is a professor of New media at The Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, working as creative director of EXIT Festival, a member of the collective Eastwood - Real Time Strategy Group, Napon - Institute for Flexible Culture and Technologies and The Creatures - Creatures Creative Collective. www.creatures.rs
Martin earned Master’s degree in Graphic Design at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design (AFAD) in Bratislava and studied international fellowships at Aalto University School of Art and Design (Helsinki) and Academy of Arts (Ljubljana). His work was awarded the Slovak National Prize for Design and by Creative Contest in Milan. Works in Bratislava, Ljubljana and Žilina. Besides culture-oriented work he is an active co-founder of OPEN DESIGN STUDIO, co-founder of the project Beat The Billboard, and an inseparable visual part of the gastronomic project Wafličky. His life motto "everything is possible" is crucial to his work. www.zelenaluka.sk
Katarina is recently living and working in Bratislava, Slovakia and Novi Sad, Serbia. After completing several international fellowships and earning a Master’s degree in Graphic Design at The Academy of Fine Arts and Design (AFAD) in Bratislava, she has been a freelancer in the fields of art, culture and design. Nowadays she is doing PhD studies in Visual Communication at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava with a topic focus on Visual communication as a critical platform. She is interested in design and collaboration in various cultural networks, as well as being a part of the international network of professional designers. Katarina is one of the founders of the non-governmental organisation OPEN DESIGN STUDIO, which was founded in 2007 in Bratislava. www.krowka.net
Olivia is recently living and working in Novi Sad, Serbia. She finished her studies of visual communication in 2008 at the Institute of Design in Havana, Cuba. Back in Cuba she used to work as a freelancer. Most of her work was mainly collaborative, working with non-governmental activists who were strongly linked to alternative and free culture. She was also pioneer of a social networking project in a country where use of the internet was almost forbidden. She is a part-time designer and a full time mum. www.creatures.rs
Abel is a visionary from unexplored northern parts of Amsterdam. He is employed as graphic designer at Mediamatic, one of Amsterdam's leading cultural foundations. Besides that, Abel is the capo of the notorious Dutch post-avant-garage-punkband 'THE DON'T TOUCH MY CROQUE MONSIERS'.
Marek oscillates between Havířov where he was born and Bratislava where he works. He is a freelance graphic designer trying to split his activities equally between projects from both cultural and commercial spheres. Currently, he’s focused on type, web and package design, as well as corporate identities and he occasionally performs live visuals. He studied at AFAD Bratislava and Designskolen Kolding, Denmark.
Roman is studying in MediaLab, at Visual Communication Department at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. He also attended a study exchange at the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn. He is currently interested mainly in the field of new media and multimedia. Roman thinks that goals of data-visualisations are an efficient way to express abstract information, to attract public attention and to provide much easier access and understanding of complex data. Roman is the author of logotype and visual identity of the town of Martin, which is a cultural centre of Slovaks. www.romanmackovic.com
Boris is a freelance graphic designer born in Bratislava. He finished internships at AFAD Bratislava (2004) and KABK Haag (2007) before graduating from AAAD Prague (2002-2009) at the studio of Graphic Design and Visual Communication. Though he's of the opinion that there are not many exciting things happening in the graphic design nowadays, most of it being used for questionable purposes. He still quite enjoys designing books, exhibitions and visual communication for cultural events.
Ivana studied graphic design at Novi Sad Academy of Arts and she is currently studying for obtaining a master degree in “Digital Media”. She spent a year at the University ETSU, USA where she was a member of the AAF-NSCA team (American Advertising Federation - National Student Advertising Competition). She was one of the organizers of the “Old School“ workshop, as well as the Old School Exhibition. She has participated in workshops such as A3.format, Visible Data, Open Design Studio-Visual contamination and Designer or Universal Soldier. She collaborated on different projects and workshops with the following organizations: VivisecFest, Open Design Studio and Napon. She is a member of the AIRWORX Team in video production. As a graphic designer, she prefers print and editorial design, but she is also active in the field of web design, photography and video.
Ábris is a graphic designer born in Budapest. Currently, he is studying the last grade at the Graphic Design Department of the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest, Hungary. He is going to graduate in 2012, meanwhile freelancing in the field of graphic and sound design. He also studied at the Willem de Koonig Academie in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Anna is a graphic designer born in Budapest. She is currently studying for a Master's degree at the Graphic Design Department of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest, Hungary. She is a freelancer in the field of graphic design and currently works as an interns at a Budapest-based design studio.
Zuzana Kubíková and David Březina are Ex Lovers. David's background is graphic design and Zuzana's background is social antrophology. Ex Lovers are based in Prague, the Czech Republic, working in the field of graphic and interactive design. There are providing printed matter, visual systems, internet projects and spacious installations within their portfolio. They have been working together for more than four years and among their clients there are such names as Konsepti, Google, Forum 2000, Open Society Fund, People in Need, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Aero Films and many more. Concept and research is what matters to them.
Marina Armuš (RS)
Marina lives and works in Novi Sad as a freelancer in the field of art and design. She finished bachelor studies of Graphic Communications at Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. During her studies, she participated in many projects, exhibitions, Biennials of students´ posters and photography. She prefers such design projects as illustrating and photo collaging, being also interested in the progress of the world of multimedia art.
Miloš Ćosović (RS)
Miloš a.k.a. Desko was born in 1989 in Belgrade. He is studies and works there.
His work deals both with frozen and moving images.
Miroslav Dajč (RS)
Miroslav is a designer and artist born in Novi Sad. Studied at Elementary and secondary school and the Academy of Fine Arts in Novi Sad, he is living in Petrovaradin. He works as a new media artist, designer and photographer.
Marcin Kasperek (PL)
Marcin is a freelance graphic designer. He specializes in designing books, data visualisation, magazines and various print publications. He is also making a visual identification of events, institutions and companies. Focusing on graphic design, he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice and is a member of the Association of Polish Graphic Designers (STGU).
Lukáš Kijonka (CZ)
Lukas Kijonka studies at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague and is a co-founder of kolektiv.info studio. Among other activities, he works for the Laboratory of Petr Babák and for the graphic studio Pixl-e. He has successfully performed a number of interesting realisations that often overreach a bound of graphic design. Lukas works with varied visual languages and reopens old media. Besides other projects, the most important collaborations are the following projects: Ritveld in Prague, Domink Lang – Venice Biennale 2011, Automat exhibition in Moravian gallery in Brno, etc.
Dawid Korzekwa (PL)
Dawid is a graphic designer, a doctor of Fine Arts and a lecturer at the Department of Graphic Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. He is the president of the Association of Polish Graphic Designers (STGU) and a fellow of the Minister of Culture (2005). He is the artistic director of the Literary Magazine "Italic" (2004-2007) and a commissioner of Agrafa - the International Biennial of Students of Graphic Design (2006-2009). He has also participated in social activities aimed at improving visual culture in Poland. He specializes in designing newspapers, books, posters and visual identity. Dawid runs his own company called DWT group.
Predrag Nikolić (RS)
Predrag finished technical school in Novi Sad, Department of Graphic Design and pre-press. He has worked on many social-activist campaigns, commercial tasks and graphic package of artistic projects and exhibitions.
Hristina Papadopulos (GR/RS)
Hristina was born in Belgrade and belongs to the younger generation of designers. After finishing a high school of design in Belgrade she graduated from the Faculty of Art and Design in Belgrade at the Department of Graphic Design and Visual Communication. She is interested in working in various creative areas, such as illustrations, motion graphics and different forms of publication. She also enjoys work in teams on various projects. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions and workshops. Currently, she works as a freelance designer in Belgrade. http://www.behance.net/hristinapapadopulos/frame
Barbora Toman Tylová (CZ)
Barbara is graphic designer from Czech Republic, Prague. In 2001–2008 she studied at the University of Jan Evangelista Purkyně in Usti nad Labem. Her final thesis, CI for Leontinka Foundation for blind children, won the Good Design award in the competition of the National Award for Student Design and was exhibited at the Brno Biennale 2010. In 2007–2009 she studied at the Visual Arts program in Studio of Graphic Design and Visual Communication (prof. Rostislav Vanek) at the Academy of Applied Arts, from 2009 she continued at the same place in Ph.D. studies. For the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands she implemented a visual style for two years of the festival of contemporary Dutch culture Nethworks.cz and corporate identity of the law foundation Hugo Grotius. From 2007 she works as designer in studio Toman graphic design.
www.gdvk.cz, www.toman-design.com, www. nethworks.cz, www.hugogrotius.cz
Jiří Toman (CZ)
Jiří is graphic designer from the Czech Republic, Prague. In1992–1998 he studied theory and history of the visual arts at the Philosophical Faculty, Palacky University in Olomouc. From 1997 to 2000 he worked as graphic designer in advertising agencies, from 2001 to 2004 in the graphic studio Bastart. In 2004–2005 he was working as a designer in London, working for the fashion brand Isabella Oliver, London Properties or Firedog graphic design studio. After returning to Prague he founded own studio called Toman Graphic Design, where he works as art director until now. Some of the clients of Toman graphic design are Czech Statistical Office, International School of Prague and Crocodille. In 2008 he was awarded in an international competition Wolda, Best of Nation price. He is a founding member of the Union of graphic design.
The project Visible Data - financing culture searches possible models of structuring data in the field of financing culture, where there is usually a lower level of interest in information design and visualization. Data on economics, demographics, and finance are the most visually represented, while culture, where power relations are more sophisticated and therefore not so attractive or dramatic, is still not in the main focus of research. Visualization of information has been, in the recent past, a helpful tool for comprehending the complex nature of human society. Since this complexity is growing exponentially, demand for different kinds of mediators and agents is essential. The Project uses examples of culture financing in Europe. Comparative research through various information visualizations of different budget items and structures provides better insight into how micro and macro culture financial policies are functioning. In the project Visible Data_financing culture, graphic designers, web designers, programmers, sociologists, culture policies researches, artists and theorists collaborate. The emphasis in the work with students is on their critical thinking and their approach to the matter of visualization, meaning that there should be an awareness of how information visualization could be manipulated and misused. The Data on financing culture is the result of retrieval output from publicly accessible sources retrieved in consultation with the respective and relevant institution sections.
Web site is available free of charge for use for any subject, organization or institution that is collecting data about financing, wants to make them public and needs a platform and tools to visualize them. For registration and access to upload data please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see how your data can look like, go to Test data in the left menu, to see what data have been till now in the project collected go to Visible Data in left menu. Select country, type of budget, year and choose visualization design. Then click visualize button and vie or print the image.